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On the steps of the Capitol, President Trump addressed the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. His speech comes at the start of “Police Week.”
“Our police have been subject to unfair defamation and vilification and—really, you see what’s going on—even hostility and violence,” he said. “You are entitled to leadership at the highest level that will draw a bright line in the sand, not a red line in the sand that isn’t gone over, but a bright line in the sand, and we will protect you.”
The president called it a “personal priority” to help foster respect for law enforcement in America, criticizing those who use “reckless words of incitement that give rise to danger and give rise to incitement” and arguing that some people might not believe it’s politically correct to stand with the police.
Framing an attack on officers as a “wound inflicted on the whole country,” President Trump praised the sacrifices made by police officers all across America. “I will always support the incredible men and women of law enforcement,” he said.
For the families of officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the past year.
For greater respect for law enforcement and the work they do.